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|Bishop Transport VTOL|
|Manufacturer||Michaelson Heavy Industries|
|Tech Base||Inner Sphere|
|Chassis Type (Size)||VTOL (Large)|
|Power Plant||Michaelson Fuel Cell|
|Communications System||Garret Supremesound|
|Targeting Tracking System||None|
|Armor||StarSlab Civic 8|
|Crew||2 (2 enlisted/non-rated)|
|BV (2.0)|| 190|
Introduced to the market by Michaelson Heavy Industries in 3093, the Bishop Transport VTOL was a notable success with the Republic Armed Forces. By 3118 demand for the Bishop had reached the point that Michaelson's plant on Ruchbah was no longer enough; Michaelson opened a second production line located on June, capital of the Periphery March in the Federated Suns. Even with both facilities producing the Bishop a three-year backlog of orders existed in 3145.
Powered by a Michaelson Fuel Engine, the key to the Bishop's stability and lifting power was the propulsion system, which consisted of four self-contained pods that generated a powerful enough thrust to propel the Bishop at speeds of almost one hundred and twenty kph. The four pods used turbo-prop induction fans in dual rotor arrangements and could rotate in any direction along the Bishop's centerline as well as increasing the Bishop's stability during adverse weather conditions. Thanks to the Environmental Sealing Chassis Modification the Bishop saw use on numerous worlds, and could remain in operation at top speed for more than six hours.
The Bishop is capable of lifting containers of many different shapes and designs thanks to the advanced system of grapples and harnesses used in the design; the system was so flexible that on the planet Mermentau companies harvesting giant squid would wrangle their squid directly into containers suspended from Bishops. The Bishop could transport up to ten tons of cargo and was protected by two tons of BAR 8 StarSlab Civic 8 armor.
The Bishop was unarmed.
- Technical Readout: 3145 Mercenaries, p. 22-23, "Bishop Transport VTOL"
- Record Sheets: 3145 Unabridged, p. 29